Democrat Corrine Brown

House
Corrine Brown

Birthdate: Nov. 11, 1946
Birth Place: Jacksonville, FL, United States
Residence: Jacksonville, FL
Religion: Baptist
First Elected: 1992
Gender: Female

Candidacy

Party: Democratic
State: Florida
Office: House
District: District 5

Education

Undergraduate: Florida A&M University

Degree: BA

Graduate: University of Florida

Degree: MA

Graduate: Florida A&M University

Degree: MA

Corrine Brown was born in Jacksonville, Fla., where she still resides. She attended Florida A&M University where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's degree in 1971. She earned a master's degree in specialist education at University of Florida in 1974.

Brown taught in Florida public schools, at the University of Florida and Florida Junior College. She served on the Manpower Training Council, appointed by former Gov. Bob Graham.

She served in the Florida House from 1983 to 1993, and was elected to the U.S. House in 1992.

Brown is divorced and has a daughter.

Profile

Corrine Brown has focused recently on preserving her oddly shaped, black-majority and heavily Democratic district that snakes from Jacksonville to Orlando. Following the 2010 census, the district was redrawn by Republicans who control the Florida Legislature in a move designed to cram minority and Democratic voters into the 5th Congressional District, formerly the 3rd District before Florida added two more congressional seats in 2012.

Brown had no opponent in the August 2012 primary. She faces Republican LeAnne Kolb in the November general election.

In July 2012, Brown and a civil rights group announced plans for a federal court lawsuit in Jacksonville against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland over a provision in Florida's new Republican-sponsored election law that reduces early voting days. They say the law, which cuts early voting from 15 to 10 days, discriminates against blacks because they vote early in large percentages.

Brown in 2009 considered running for the U.S. Senate but after several months closed her exploratory committee and announced she would seek re-election to the House.

Brown likes trains, and the rail company CSX Corp. is based in Jacksonville. She is chairwoman of a Transportation subcommittee on railroads and in her own words "a huge supporter of high speed rail."

In June 2010, Brown promoted high-speed and intercity rail with a whistle-stop rail tour that went from Washington, D.C., to upstate New York and then Chicago, where she held a hearing on rail issues.

Brown pushed hard for federal funding of high-speed rail in Florida. Those efforts paid off when President Barack Obama traveled to Tampa in January 2010 to announce Florida was one of the first states getting stimulus money _ $1.25 billion _ to begin building a high-speed line between Orlando and Tampa.

Brown has been dogged by ethics issues since winning election in 1992 but has had little trouble getting re-elected with voters embracing her liberal rhetoric.

The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville reported in 2005 that Brown's daughter, Shantrel Brown, had been a lobbyist for Edward Waters College while the congresswoman was channeling millions of federal dollars to the school.

The elder Brown's relationship with West African millionaire Foutanga Sissoko became an issue in 1998. A Sissoko aide bought a $50,000 Lexus for her daughter, who was then a lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency. A congressional ethics investigation concluded Brown exercised poor judgment but found no rules violation.

Brown had been in office only two months in 1993 when she acknowledged discrepancies in her federal campaign reports but promised to correct them.

Brown is a confirmed liberal and committed to African-American issues. But she stirred controversy for racially insensitive remarks in 2004 when she called President George W. Bush's policy on Haiti "racist" and his representatives "a bunch of white men."

Source: Associated Press

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